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November 27, 2012 - Symphony of the Americas Society "Style & Substance"

Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Time: 11:30 AM

Beneficiary: Symphony of the Americas

Honoree(s): Dr. Steven Abel, Shannon Brooks, Hon. Howard Finkelstein, Sharon Gustafson, Richar Kazares, Manya Lowry, Johanna Maytin, Susan Rindley, Jerry Rosenthal, Dr. Amy Swan & Thelma & Denis Archer Jotcham

President(s): Lynne McGrath, Symphony of the Americas Society

Entertainment: Symphany of the Americas String Orchestra - Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, Artistic Director

Board of Directors: PRESIDENT: Lynn McGrath - TREASURER: Renee LaBonte - OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR: Kaye Lynne Northcutt - VICE PRESIDENTS MEMBERSHIP: Elaine Bachenheimer & Patricia Rowe - LIAISON FROM THE SYMPHANY: Sherrill Capi - IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Carole Asser - SECRETARY: Betty Koontz - VICE PRESIDENT PUBLIC RELATIONS: Betty Young - FOUNDING PRESIDENT: Jan Amis-Jessup - ADVISORS: Beth Holland, Marilyn Johansen, Rochelle Koenig, Jo Anne Lewis & Rose Mary Zenobia

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Symphony of the Americas Annual Style & Substance Luncheon

On November 27, 2012, the Symphony of the Americas Society hosted its annual Style & Substance Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six, honoring prominent individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and commitment to our community. This exceptional group has reached out to touch the lives of untold numbers of people through their generous gifts of time, talent, and resources.  

Included were:

Sharon Gustafson and her daughters, Susan Rindley and Shannon Brooks, who demonstrate how the tradition of community service continues from generation to generation.


Dr. Stephen Abel the Assistant Dean for Extramural Affairs at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine Lauderdale, who has been instrumental in establishing a free dental clinic offering services to dozens of disadvantaged children at Women in Distress of Broward County.


Hon. Howard Finkelstein, the elected Public Defender of Broward County who presently has his own regular show on WSVN Channel 7 News called “Help Me Howard.”  

Richard Kazares, an active supporter of many local organizations such as the Opera Society, PAWS, Cystic Fibrosis Gold Coast Guild, Children’s Home Society,  Symphony of the Americas, Royal Knights for Chivalry, and  Broward Sherriff’s Advisory Council.

Manya Lowry, who returned to the Fort Lauderdale area a short time ago, and has already become actively involved with The Royal Dames of Cancer Research, Museum of Discovery & Science, Cystic Fibrosis, 1000+ Club, Symphony of the Americas and numerous other area charities.

Johanna Maytin who has contributed much to the Fort Lauderdale community through the years. She has graciously supported worthy organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis, Pinion, and the 1000+ Club, among others.

Jerry Rosenthal, CEO of Tire Hut in Fort Lauderdale, is a major contributor to the Wines of the World Dinner & Auction benefiting the Symphony of the Americas and the Annual Cigar & Wine Dinner in support of Junior Achievement.

Dr. Amy Swan is a renowned forensic psychologist who helped establish legislation for victims of domestic and sexual violence. She has also worked as a pro bono Guardian Ad Litem in contentious divorce cases for the past nine years.

Thelma & Denis Archer Jotcham, longtime residents of Fort Lauderdale, have been actively involved in community service for many years and have a reputation as generous contributors to many organizations in Broward County.

The Style & Substance Luncheon, Chaired by President of the Symphony of the Americas Society, Lynne McGrath, was attended by over 300 guests.  Highlights of the event were a performance by the Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra and The Florida’s Singing Sons Boyschoir. Master of Ceremonies, Howard Finkelstein joined the Symphony Orchestra in their rendition of The Syncopated Clock. The annual Style & Substance Luncheon benefits the Symphony’s Outreach Programs, which reach over 35,000 people annually.

Now in its 25th season, the Symphony of the Americas, Broward’s own professional orchestra, was recently designated as a Broward County Major Cultural Institution.  Since it was founded in 1987, the orchestra has brought the best of classical music to South Florida. Its focus is enriching the lives of the people it touches through the wonderful power of music.

For more information about the Symphony of the Americas, visit its website www.symphonyoftheamericas.org. or call 954-335-7002.

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